Self-Perceptions, Self-Worth and Sport Participation in Adolescents

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  • Isabel Balaguer
  • Francisco. L. Atienza
  • Joan Duda

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  • University of Valencia


The purpose of this study was to study the associations between specific self-perceptions and global self-worth with different frequency levels of sport participation among Spanish boys and girls adolescents. Students (457 boys and 460 girls) completed the Self Perception Profile for Children (Harter, 1985) and items assessing sport engagement from The Health Behavior in School Children Questionnaire (Wold, 1995). Results showed that some specific dimensions of self-perception were related to different frequency of sport participation whereas overall judgments of self-worth did not. Specifically, for boys and girls, higher levels of sport participation were positively associated to Athletic Competence, and for boys were also associated with Physical Appearance and Social Acceptance. The potential implications of domain specific socialisation processes on the configuration of self-perceptions are highlighted.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)624-630
Number of pages7
JournalThe Spanish journal of psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012


  • self-perceptions, self-worth, adolescents, sport participation, gender